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Published on Apr 8, 2012
Virtual Field Trips are for anyone interested in virtually visiting and learning about places of interest.
The Virtual Trillium Trail is a new type of educational simulation, one that crosses the boundaries into geo-spatial visualization and virtual reality. It is an immersive learning simulation, and virtual environment of a real world field trip to a North American, deciduous forest and wildflower reserve. The content is consistent with the informal learning curriculum of the Audubon Society of Western PA and the formal Pennsylvania Department of Education Ecology standards, and more.
The original prototype software was part of a Ph.D. dissertation on intrinsic learning in simulations and virtual environments where it showed close to 40% learning gains, student enjoyment, and parental approval.
The Virtual Trillium Trail is a research project. It is an immersive learning simulation and virtual environment built on high-end computer game technologies, positioned to become a new type of virtual reality game for learning in school or at home. Not your typical computer game, but a realistic virtual world infused with educational content, where the learner can explore anywhere, and inquire on anything of interest, to the breadth and depth of their desire.